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Christopher Lee Thayer

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  • Built a joint fence with our back yard neighbors last year. Just received a certified letter stating that they are moving fence

    in June 2014 we jointly built a fence with our new neighbor. No survey was done. They declined sharing the cost of a survey. Property is 21 yrs old. We jointly estimated based on the original owners (he sold 2 years ago) information that he ga...

    Christopher’s Answer

    The online plat maps are not likely to be accurate enough to rely on. A survey is the ultimate answer. I would first try to work this out by agreement with your neighbor as neighbor disputes can be expensive and often serve to just further alienate the parties. But, if you can't work anything out, then you should probably consult with an experienced real estate attorney who handles property disputes. One option would be an injunction, but you will have to do a cost-benefit analysis with your lawyer.

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  • A tenant moved out at the end of last month. She left her furniture and bags of personal items. How long do I hold onto them?

    I rented out a room and the tenant moved out at the end of April. My new tenants rented the room but her stuff bed and misc. furniture is in living room and the garage has bags of clothes. She has been called three times to please pick it up. Lega...

    Christopher’s Answer

    The procedure for abandoned property is set forth in RCW 59.18.310. You can find the RCWs by going to http://apps.leg.wa.gov/RCW/default.aspx

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  • What if a patient, (not an attorney or insurance company, etc ) requests records...do the same WA state copying fees apply?

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    Christopher’s Answer

    Ask for an electronic copy of your records (on a disc, etc.) and reference the HITECH Act. You should be able to get your records for nominal cost.

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  • Should I dismiss my small claims court claim and refile?

    I had an issue with an apartment charging an additional month's rent, an outrageous cleaning fee, ect and sending me a bill on top of taking my deposit of $1025. I was able to find the company that owned the property, but the only contact informat...

    Christopher’s Answer

    If you listed the registered agent as the defendant, then that is not correct. If you listed the landlord as the defendant, but served the landlord's registered agent, then you should be ok - from the facts as you have described them. You can go online with the county where the apartment was and look up the legal owner of the property. They may also have a management company, which may be harder to figure out - but you should know based on where you sent rent, etc.

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  • Is a dealership "we owe" legally binding?

    I bought a car in 3/2014. In a We Owe statement the dealership said they would fix "squeaky brakes". They did an inspection of the brakes and said although rusty, they were good...just squeaky. So a year later, with monthly phone calls, they still...

    Christopher’s Answer

    It is impossible to determine a complete answer from the limited facts you have provided. It is quite possible that this agreement is binding, though there may be some argument was to what fixing "squeaky brakes" really means. It would seem reasonable that they would "fix" the "squeaky" part at least. If you are on a tight budget, you might try this: get a bid to repair the brakes properly from an independent brake shop. Then sue the dealership in small claims court. No lawyers allowed in small claims court, so you can do this yourself. If this is not an option and/or you can afford to retain a lawyer, look for a lawyer with experience handling business/consumer disputes.

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  • We run an organic CSA farm in WA state and we have a hard time getting people to pay on time. How can we impose a late fee?

    We run an organic CSA farm in WA state and we have the hardest time getting people to pay on time. We have never had a late fee, and we want to entice them to make their payments on time, but we don't want to alienate people. How can we add a late...

    Christopher’s Answer

    It does likely depend on what your current agreement say. You might be able to just send out a notice of a new policy and implement it over a period of time. But, you should consult with a business lawyer on this before you take any action. There are other recognized ways to encourage payment; but some of those conflict with sales/marketing/customer service efforts, so it is a balancing act.

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  • I was rear-ended by a Semi. How much should I try to settle for? What's a realistic amount?

    Accident took place at 1145 Fri. May 9th Semi was driving for Pepsi Co. and insured under Continental Western Insurance Co. Missed work in Tacoma Fri and Sat, and one day of class at my community college. car damages est. $4500. Hospital said ...

    Christopher’s Answer

    I would echo most of the prior comments. I would also note that you need to be wary of any communications with the at-fault party's insurance adjusters. They may act all friendly and tell you that they are trying to "help you", but in reality they are trying to find information from you that will help the insurance company minimize your claim and the amount it is willing to pay. It is generally "safe" to deal with the property damage adjuster (with caution), but I would hold off on any further communication with the bodily injury adjuster until you really know how hurt you are. I would recommend waiting at least a month or two before making any decisions to try to resolve your injury claim. Make sure you get a thorough examination and work up. Emergency rooms are not always the best places to get that work done; as they are more focused on urgent problems. If you are having any residual symptoms, you may wish to see a rehabilitation medicine doctor, also known as a physiatrist - they specialize in helping injured people. That way you are most likely to get the best and most effective care, if you are still having any problems. Best of luck to you.

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  • I was hit while jogging by a drunk driver in a rental car. The man has a history of DUI. With his history can I sue Enterprise?

    Driver has history of DUI. What sort of liability does Enterprise have given they rented a car to a man with this history who then proceeds to do it again and then hits and severely injures someone else?

    Christopher’s Answer

    If you were hit by a drunk driver there are a number of potential avenues to explore. The bar or establishment where the drunk driver was served his/her last drink may be liable - if they were served when they were "apparently intoxicated". Suing Enterprise might be a bit more difficult, but it is worth investigating. You may have claims under your own insurance policies as well. It would be advisable for you to contact an experienced personal injury attorney to review your rights and your options. Like many others offers a free initial case evaluation and consultation.

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  • A neighbor built a fence on my property several years ago, before I bought my property. Do I have any recourse?

    I had my property surveyed & discovered that a fence built by my neighbor is about 3 feet onto my property. I would like to reclaim this land if possible.

    Christopher’s Answer

    As long as that fence has not been in place for 10 or more years, you have the right to require the neighbor move the fence. If the fence has been in the same location for 10 or more years, and your neighbor can satisfy the elements of Adverse Possession, then it would be possible that your neighbor acquired title to that 3 foot strip of land. I think the best approach is to talk to your neighbor and try to work out an amicable agreement first. Lawsuits between neighbors over property rights are often expensive, and just serve to inflame tensions. If possible, see if you can work things out with your neighbor, maybe agree to split the cost of moving the fence. If you can't work things out, then you should contact a real estate lawyer who handles disputes like this in your area.

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  • What is the proper course of action to get my bike repaired/replaced and medical costs covered by company driver who hit me?

    I was hit by a Shuttle Express airport shuttle yesterday while riding my bike to work. The shuttle was at fault (turned right, crossing the bike lane, which was marked and had a physical barrier, but "didn't see" me). I have a police report and ...

    Christopher’s Answer

    You should get medical treatment right away. Your medical expenses should be covered by the Personal Injury Protection coverage for Shuttle Express. Depending on how serious your injuries are and how prolonged your recovery is, you may need to retain a lawyer to protect your interests. It would probably be wise to call an experience personal injury lawyer and at least have a preliminary discussion. Most will offer a free initial consultation, which may help you with a roadmap to dealing with this situation.

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